Bhubaneswar, Oct 30 (LocalWire) A marine fisherman from Andaman, who displayed courageous survival instinct to resist the marauding sea for almost a month and miraculously escape from its deadly claws, on Wednesday made his homeward journey with support from the Puri district administration.
Khujur, who had undertaken the sea voyage from Andaman on September 28, had lost his fellow fishermen and gone without food for a week during the course of the worst nightmare of his life.
“Khujur left for home today. An officer was deputed to accompany him up to Kolkata.
I talked to my counterpart in Andaman and an officer from the union territory will facilitate his safe return to home.
The administration is bearing the cost of his travel and other expenses”, Puri district Collector Balwant Singh told LocalWire.
Khujur indeed displayed grit and courage of highest order to fight with the hostile nature to survive. It deserves appreciation, he said.
The local people had rescued Khujur on October 25 in a distressed condition near Khirisahi village under Krushnaprasad block.
The harrowing ordeal encountered by the 45-year-old fisherman was replete with all the stuffs of movie script and man’s survival instinct in the worst adversities.
“No sooner did we venture into the sea, our mechanized vessel was caught in severe storm.
We drifted along as mighty waves battered the vessel.
We were dragged to Myanmar coast, where security personnel took pity on us and gave us food and diesel before showing us the direction of Indian coast.
“There was no end to the misery. We thought of providential escape from death. But, that was not to be.
Another mid-sea cyclonic storm shattered all hopes of our life as my companion, Dibyaranjan, died midway.
His corpse had given me company for almost a week.
As the body decomposed and stench emanated, I bad farewell to him and dumped it in the sea”, he said.
“The diesel had exhausted and the boat drifted directionless.
I left everything to the mercy of God”, he said adding the food stock given by Myanmar people had exhausted and he had to fight hunger and survived by drinking sea waters.
“I was rescued by the people of Odisha in a distressed condition.
While Odia people rescued me, the local administration took very good care.
I am alive today. It’s simply a miracle”, he said.